More space com­ing for furry friends

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERESA WRIGHT

The P.E.I. Hu­mane So­ci­ety is get­ting a much-needed ex­pan­sion and re­design of its head­quar­ters in Charlottetown.

An ad­di­tion will be added on to the build­ing, which will cre­ate a new mul­ti­pur­pose room and new of­fice spa­ces, as well as a meet­ing room that will dou­ble as an over­flow room for hous­ing an­i­mals.

This room will be de­signed with spe­cialty floor­ing and ventilation by SableArc and Or­ange Door En­gi­neer­ing.

The ex­pan­sion is thanks to an in­vest­ment from the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency (ACOA) of $250,000 as part of the Canada 150 com­mu­nity in­fras­truc­ture fund.

“We have worked very hard and our goal is al­ways to pro­vide sup­port to peo­ple and their four-legged com­pan­ions in the com­mu­nity, but when that’s not pos­si­ble, we have to have a fa­cil­ity that can house and care for prop­erly up to 1,200 an­i­mals a year,” said Marla Som­er­sall, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the P.E.I. Hu­mane So­ci­ety.

“We have worked very hard and our goal is al­ways to pro­vide sup­port to peo­ple and their four-legged com­pan­ions in the com­mu­nity, but when that’s not pos­si­ble, we have to have a fa­cil­ity that can house and care for prop­erly up to 1,200 an­i­mals a year.” Marla Som­er­sall

“It’s a busy spot and we’re look­ing for­ward to hav­ing an ad­di­tion to the build­ing.”

This was one of five projects an­nounced Wed­nes­day by Charlottetown MP Sean Casey as re­cip­i­ents of ACOA com­mu­nity fund­ing.

The other projects in­clude: - $79,439 to Cap­i­tal Area Recre­ation Inc. (Bell Aliant Cen­tre) to con­vert un­der­used space to spec­ta­tor view­ing, cre­ate a multi-pur­pose pro­gram­ming space and to up­grade a nar­row stair­case to im­prove safety and traf­fic flow

- $29,325 to Hol­land Col­lege to ren­o­vate a garage on the cor­ner of Kent and Cum­ber­land streets, which will serve as a re­hearsal and per­for­mance area for the School of Per­form­ing Arts pro­gram

- $15,000 to Car­refour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean to re­con­fig­ure and ren­o­vate com­mu­nity space to in­crease func­tion­al­ity

- $8,500 to the Charlottetown Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Co­op­er­a­tive As­so­ci­a­tion to re­place in­door and out­door lights with LED light­ing to re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion

In to­tal, over $382,000 will be in­vested in th­ese five projects, which will en­able th­ese lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions to im­prove their of­fer­ings to the com­mu­nity.

Work on the P.E.I. Hu­mane So­ci­ety build­ing, which re­ceived the bulk of the fund­ing, will begin shortly and is sched­uled to be com­pleted by the end of Oc­to­ber.

“The sit­u­a­tion with care for an­i­mals is re­ally chang­ing through­out the coun­try where an­i­mals are more stressed, more ag­gres­sive some­times when they come into shel­ters so we have to re-think the way we’re work­ing with those an­i­mals,” Som­er­sall said.

TERESA WRIGHT/THE GUARDIAN

Bai­ley Wil­son finds a fe­line friend to visit with at the P.E.I. Hu­mane So­ci­ety in Charlottetown on Wed­nes­day.

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